Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Committee Description

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was established in December 1993, and it continues to work as the principal human rights office of the UN in compliance with the international human rights treaties and the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Alongside supervising the Human Rights Council in Geneva, OHCHR primarily focuses on promoting human rights without distinction as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. OHCHR ensures the protection of human rights under severe circumstances of violence, conflict and insecurity.

OHCHR has a number of regional centres and offices in Africa: The UN Subregional Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa strives towards strengthening security, stability and development in Central Africa through encouraging respect for fundemental human rights and democracy; The East Africa Regional Office facilitates information-sharing, capacity building initiatives and actions to promote, monitor and uphold human rights primarily in countries located in the East and Horn of Africa; The Southern Africa Regional Office helps States, UN agencies, national human rights institutions, and civil society organizations in order to achieve the realization of human rights in the region; The West Africa Regional Office aims to abolish human rights abuses in the most volatile subregion of Africa, host to numerous economical, political, and humanitarian crises.


Ensuring freedom of speech in the media in situations of armed conflict

Preventing the recruitment of child soldiers

Measures to eradicate all forms of slavery

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